When NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" debuted in the changing landscape of late night television grandMA was close at hand. Lighting designer Christopher Landy, who heads Brooklyn's Vibrant Design LLC, specified the console to control an large complement of moving and conventional lights which give the show a hip vibe while paying homage to talk show legends Johnny Carson and Jack Parr who worked in the same iconic Studio 6B at Rockefeller Center. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America.
"The grandMA is my board of choice for any show," says Landy. "A nightly show like Fallon is very demanding. The schedule is extremely tight and every night is a different musical performance and a different comedic bit. That doesn't leaving a lot of cuing time. We need a console that can handle a large library of effects and is programmer friendly. Versatility is key."
Landy has extensive TV credits and a strong background in music and live events. He has designed many series for MTV, including "Total Request Live," "Unplugged 2.0" and "MTV's New Year's Eve;" the "Custom Concert" series for Oxygen Network; Comedy Central's acclaimed "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn;" and received an Emmy Award nomination for MSNBC's 2004 Election coverage.
For "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Landy opted for a large complement of LEDs, including 98 ColorBlast 12s, 18 ColorBlaze 72s and 48s, and 12 Coemar ParLites controlled by the grandMA. "The LEDs treat the set, providing unlimited spectrum of color and effects to the background." The grandMA console has a unique set of tools created specifically for intuitive control of LED fixtures.
The grandMA also controls a host of moving lights: six VARI*LITE VL2500 spots and four VL2500 washes, four Studio Spot CMYs, six Studio Spots, eight Studio Colors, four Studio Beams and 16 CXI Color Scrollers.
As the show moves forward the lighting designer says, "I was adamant about getting a console that was going to be able to expand with the show over the next decade. Conan ran for 16 years in the same studio. As the show grows we'll have the ability to add more moving lights, LEDs and perhaps a media server. The grandMA is certainly ready to handle that, it's a fantastic console."
"Chris and his programmers are true professionals and it's always exciting to work with them. They really understand the grandMA philosophy of Total Control - the ability to work with conventional fixtures, moving lights, LEDs and media from a single control surface," comments A.C.T Lighting Executive VP Ben Saltzman.
Chris Komishock and Steve Garner served as grandMA programmers for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Scharff Weisberg provided the grandMA.
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